NPRA History

The National Professional Rodeo Association is entering itís 24th year in operation. The NPRA was founded in 1987 as the Northern Plains Rodeo Association. The name was changed to the National Professional Rodeo Association in 1995 to reflect the expansion and growth of the association. The NPRA sanctions Rodeo and Bull-A-Rama events in many states across the Upper Midwest. Every year the schedule grows and more people are exposed to quality rodeos that provide excellent family entertainment.

The NPRA membership continues to grow by leaps and bounds. . We are continually adding more dates to keep up with the demand from our rodeo contestants and fans.

The NPRA Finals has also seen a tremendous growth since its inception. In 1987 & 1988 the Finals were held in Williston, ND. In just 2 years, we outgrew this facility and found ourselves moving to the All Season Arena in Minot, ND. The NPRA was able to repeat itís return to the All Season Arena for seven consecutive years. Due to further growth of the Association, the NPRA Finals were then moved to the Civic Center in Bismarck, ND in 1996 and were there until 2007. The Year-end Bull-a-rama Finals are now held in Jamestown, North Dakota in October.

The NPRA is the top rodeo association in the region. The excellence of the competition is spectacular and the quality of stock is second to none. The NPRA demonstrates the ultimate in family entertainment.